Coronation Street

This New Year’s Day, CBC-TV will be running three brand new back-to-back episodes of Coronation Street.

Starting at 6:30 p.m. (7 NT) on January 1, 2013, Corrie fans can tune in to get a triple dose of the world famous soap opera.

After last season’s doubled-up episodes, Canada’s millions of Coronation Street followers can consider themselves caught up to those across the pond on what is going on in their favourite old-country soap. Continue reading »

Two Coronation Street actors will make the trip to Canada this month to discuss their careers.

Alan Halsall (Tyrone) and Andy Whyment (Kirk) will meet with fans of the show, which screens here on CBC, in Hamilton and Markham.

The pair will be in the Greater Toronto area on November 19 and 20.

Halsal says his recent storylines featuring domestic violence against his character from his partner (Kirsty, played by Natalie Gumede), were great for exposing the issue to a large audience. Continue reading »

The longest-running drama on television turns 50 years old this year, and CBC Television is marking the occasion with a new special: Corrie Crazy: Canada Loves Coronation Street.  Airing Thursday, December 9 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT), the special is hosted by Canadian television host, design guru and Coronation Street fan, Debbie Travis.

“I know the loyalty and devotion of Corrie fans may seem crazy to those who don’t watch the show, but like millions of Canadians, I’ve always been ‘Corrie Crazy’,” said Travis, who hails from the part of England in which the show is set. “It was an incredible experience to travel home to Manchester to talk to the people who make and star in the program.”

To explore the Canadian cultural phenomenon of Coronation Street, Travis talks to fans, media watchers, broadcast executives, and even academics who help explain the show’s overwhelming success.

“What we learn about the power and appeal of this so-called ‘soap opera’ will surprise fans and non-fans alike,” explained Travis.

In fact, even after almost 40 years on Canadian television, the show continues to attract and gain fans.  Last season on CBC, Coronation Street reached more than 13.5 million Canadians, and so far this season, one in five Canadians have already tuned into Coronation Street on weekday evenings at 6:30 p.m.

Corrie Crazy is produced by Vancouver-based Force Four Entertainment, one of Canada’s most successful and respected television production companies.  Since beginning operations in 1983, Force Four has produced more than 300 hours of primetime broadcast programming, earning accolades on the national and international stage.

With the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs almost over, weeknight episodes of CORONATION STREET return to CBC Television on Monday, June 15, at 7 p.m. Sunday morning repeats of the series remain at 7:30 to 10 a.m.

Episodic synopsis for the week:

Monday, June 15 – Teresa’s poisoning puts Jerry in jeopardy. Amber makes a move on David. Dev and Nina go for a dirty weekend.

Tuesday, June 16 – Jerry’s at death’s door after weeks of poisoning. Tina gives David another chance. Dev is just another notch on Nina’s bedpost.

Wednesday, June 17 – Teresa runs at the threat of discovery. Dev is feeling increasingly used by Nina. Gail fears Tina’s going to discover her secret.

Thursday, June 18 – Jerry’s horrified as Teresa comes clean. Nina reminds Dev who is the boss in the relationship. Becky forces Roy to face up to reality.

Friday, June 19 – Mel’s arrogance lands her best mate in hospital. Sean’s humiliated when Tom rebuffs him. Dev gets stood up by Nina.

Weeknight episodes of CORONATION STREET will move to 3:30 p.m. local time for the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs, beginning Wednesday, April 15, except for in Atlantic Canada where it will be seen at its usual time, 7 p.m. AT, and 7:30 p.m. NT.  Once the playoffs have concluded in mid-June, Corrie will return to its regular weeknight timeslot.

Fans can also catch the week’s episodes during the playoffs on Sunday mornings, from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., beginning Sunday, April 19.

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Atlantic telecasts remain in usual timeslot

OK Really, who watches Coronation Street on CBC??

Are we as Canadians still so colonial minded that our idea of an ideal after-dinner soap opera is to watch some down and out neighbourhood in the slums of urban England go through their sopping pub-splattered woes on television?

Although I’m not a fan of American culture on our tv airwaves any more than I’m a fan of British culture on our tv airwaves, why can’t we as Canadians come up with our own gritty soap operas that revolve around life in Canada?? Perhaps the only reason that this soap still has a place on the CBC is because of those first- generation migrants who still dream of their time back in the urban morass of Manchester or Liverpool, or who just want to follow characters that have been on TV since the airwaves were invented.

Are our own Canadian stories and accents not enough to make a drama from? Until we have our own serious soap operas that are proudly broadcast to the nation, we will always be a little cultural also-ran in the big picture. Importing content to build up canadian advertising dollars will never be worth it, because our soap opera starlets will have to move to Hollywood to make their break! Lets open up suburban Mississauga or Kanata or Laval for the real soap operas that we can relate to.